2-year term for texting driver in fatal Bend crash

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BEND, Ore. (AP) -- A La Pine driver was sentenced Wednesday to more than two years in prison for a fatal crash near Bend that occurred while he was texting his girlfriend who was sitting next to him.

Deschutes County Circuit Judge Alta Brady told 29-year-old Erik Conn it was as if he were driving blindfolded last June when he drove into a 16-year-old riding a bike. Forrest Cepeda was crushed into a rock wall and died.

Conn pleaded guilty to criminal negligent homicide in a plea deal to avoid a manslaughter charge.

KTVZ reports (http://is.gd/OWYbem ) Conn apologized in court to Cepeda's family. Cepeda's family complained the sentence was too lenient for someone who was texting the person right next to him before the crash.

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Information from: KTVZ-TV, http://www.ktvz.com/